Level Transmitters

Measurement Solutions Australia has been successfully specifying and supplying level transmitters and associated instrumentation since 1985. We have several exclusive manufacture agencies offering class leading level products ensuring the highest level of quality and ongoing customer support. These level manufacturers include Ametek Drexelbrook, Aplisens and Barksdale Control (Crane Co). Manufactured exclusively in USA and Europe.

Click on the links below for the respective technology or read on for a comparison of the various technologies we offer.

RF Admittance

RF Admittance level transmitter

RF Capacitance

RF Capacitance level transmitter

Ultrasonic Level Transmitter
Hydrostatic & Submersible

Submersible and Hydrostatic level transmitter


Magnetostrictive Level Transmitter


Radar Level Transmitter

TDR (Guided Wave Radar)

Guided Wave Radar Level Transmitter

Differential Pressure

Differential Pressure Level Transmitter


Level Transmitters

Used for the continuous measurement of liquids, powders, solids, slurry and interface.

RF Admittance Level Transmitters
A technology pioneered by Ametek Drexelbrook as a truly universal level measurement technology. RF Admittance level transmitters are also revered for their unique ability to actively track and reject the effects of coatings and build up on the measurement. This is in contrast to other technologies that claim an ability to dampen or mask the effects rather than dealing with its influence in a fundamental way.

One could be forgiven for mistaking the RF Admittance Level Transmitter for a Capacitance Level Transmitter. But that would be like comparing a computer to a calculator. Both can handle the basic stuff however only the computer is capable of dealing with complex problems. Only an RF Admittance level transmitter can handle the complex process of coating error.

Advantages: True coating rejection, no dead zones or span restrictions, robust, flexible and easy to modify. Immune to dust, foam and condensate. Can be installed in any orientation and custom shaped to suit environments

Limitations: Not suitable for insulating products subject to varying moisture content.

RF Capacitance Level Transmitters
Level transmitters that use the basic principles of capacitance to reliable track level and interface in just about any process medium. Capacitance level transmitters are a contact based technology capable of handing extreme process conditions.

Advantages: No dead zones or span restrictions, robust, flexible and easy to modify. Immune to dust, foam and condensate. Capable of interface detection.

Limitations: Not suitable for applications with conductive coatings or insulating mediums with variable moisture content.

Ultrasonic Level Transmitters
A lime of flight level measurement using the speed of sound. Ultrasonic level transmitters are a capable and low cost solutions to many process level measurements. They can be used effectively on liquids, and even solids where the conditions are suitable.

Advantages: Low cost and simple to use level transmitter.

Limitations: Pressure and vacuum limits. Not recommended for dust, condensate and numerous vapor applications.

Hydrostatic Level Transmitters
Converting the pressure generated by a head of fluid is an age old and reliable way for a level transmitter to continuously monitor level. Fluids exhibit a proportional increase in pressure relative to the level of fluid present. The pressure generated is proportional to the density of the fluid and the height of the fluid above the level transmitter.

Advantages: Flexible and simple to use. A relatively low cost option for common level applications.

Limitations: Dependant on stable product density, requires the vessel/container is fully ventilated to atmosphere.

Differential Pressure Level Transmitters
Carrying on from the principles of Hydrostatic Level Transmitters, Differential Pressure Level Transmitters employ a reference line to counter the effects of pressure variations in the process from effecting the level measurement.. One example could be a closed vessel where atmospheric equalization is inadequate. Any change in the vessel pressure could be read as a change in level unless the level transmitter is told otherwise. Thats where the second pressure port of a Differential Pressure Level Transmitter comes in handy. The reference line is attached at the top of the tank to zero off the pressure in the vessel and only read the pressure generated by the level of fluid.

Advantages: Flexible and simple to use, relatively low cost alternative for certain applications. Can be configured with constant purge for a bubbler level system to suit specific applications.

Limitations: Dependant on stable product density and can be effected by aeration and turbulence. Typically requires 2 tapping points.

Submersible Level Transmitters
A hydrostatic based level technology that keeps it as simple as possible. Submersible Level Transmitters are variation of the hydrostatic Level Transmitter that requires the whole device be lowered to the bottom of the range. Ideal for bores, wells, dams, tanks etc. The instrument is referenced to atmosphere via the insulted electrical cable. This ensures the measurement is reliable regardless of changes in atmospheric conditions.

Advantages: Solid low cost and dependable option for liquids. Large flush diaphragm versions can also be an effective solution for slurries and waster water applications.

Limitations: Dependant on product density and effects of aeration.

Magnetostrictive Level Transmitters
From the outside it looks like a simple float on a stick. However the Magnetostrictive Level Transmitter technology is one of the most accurate and reliable measurement technologies for clean liquids out there. Magnetostrictive Level Transmitters work by sending a pulse down internal wires, located in the stem. The float, via the use of magnets, creates an electrical stop for the pulse to reflect back to the transmitter. The time the pulse takes to travel is directly proportional to the level. The main advantage of this over other time of flight technologies like (radar, TDR and ultrasonic) is the reflection is always targeting the same object and there is no reliance on the permeability of reflectivity of the process medium.

Advantages: Highly accurate level transmitter with additional options for multi-point temperature and interface in the same device. Superior performance for dual level and interface applications.

Limitations: Coatings can prevent the float from moving, changes in density effect float position. Near and dead zones need to be considered.

Radar Level Transmitters (Open air)
Using microwaves to measure distance. The Radar Level Transmitter tracks level by emitting microwave energy and converting the returned signal to level. Some units do this by measuring the time it takes to send and receive a microwave pulse. Others send a continuous microwave signal and monitor the change of frequency proportion to distance.

Advantages: More capable than ultrasonic and most other non-contact devices. Long range.

Limitations: Effected by dust, condensate, and geometry of the target and environment. . Dead and near zones.

Guided Wave Radar Level Transmitters
Similar principles to the open air radar level transmitter however the microwave energy is concentrated (guided) down a metal rod or cable to reach the target. It has the advantage over a tradition radar level transmitters by being less sensitive to dust, installation restrictions and can generally be used on lower dielectric products.

Advantages: Better performance on low dielectric products. Capable of Interface. Less susceptible to the traditional handicaps of open air radar.

Limitations: Product coatings, restrictions around the mounting area. Dead and near zones need to be considered.


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